Amazon's home invasion continues with Amazon Key

Amazon’s Cloud Cam mounted on a wall    
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Amazon Key will launch on November 8 in 37 cities around the United States and works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day, and Standard Shipping orders. For starters, the people handling deliveries are the same ones now handling Amazon's drop-offs.

Now, a lot of people are reacting to Amazon Key with an unqualified "nope!" "This is a core part of the Amazon shopping experience from this point forward". No passcodes, no fuss.

The technology is created to address concerns that packages can go missing after they are delivered.

Amazon has announced a new program that will allow packages to be delivered inside their homes.

"Cloud Cam has all the features you need to monitor your home, including a 1080p Full HD camera, night vision, two-way audio, and free storage for clips-and with the secure AWS cloud powering Cloud Cam's advanced computer algorithms and intelligent alerts, the service is always getting smarter", said Charlie Tritschler, Vice President, Amazon Devices. Using the Amazon Key app, customers stay in control and can track their delivery with real-time notifications, watch the delivery happening live or review a video of the delivery after it is complete.

The driver is let into your home after Amazon verifies he or she is at the right address at the intended time.

On top of that, anyone who wants to sign up for Amazon Key will have to own a compatible smart lock and one of Amazon's slick new connected cameras - the Amazon Cloud Cam. After leaving the delivery inside, the driver locks your door with a swipe of an app. In-home delivery is backed by Amazon's Happiness Guarantee. When Amazon grants permission, the camera set up inside the home starts recording and the door unlocks. Customers can install the In-Home Kit themselves or take advantage of free professional installation.

Amazon Key will make customers' lives easier in many ways-not just through delivery.

The service is likely to be more of a hit with younger families, said Timothy Carone, an associate teaching professor at University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. The delivery person receives a one-time-use passcode for entry, and can be given access to the refrigerator.

Amazon envisions the new service will extend beyond deliveries and into other home services.

Amazon wants to come inside your home when you're out - but it's not as creepy as it sounds. Walmart's grocery option is being done in partnership with August Home, a tech company that works on home security.

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